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I have a Windows 2003 Terminal Server and have configured time zone redirection.  It works fine.  We recently configured Cisco SSL VPN so that users can remotely access this terminal server.  Unfortunately, time zone redirection does not work through the VPN.  Oddly enough, instead of using the client time zone, it redirects the time zone to Western European time.  According to our network engineer, this time zone is not used anywhere in our environment (we're in Japan).

I think it doesn't redirect properly because Cisco SSL VPN uses a Java RDP client and not the MS one.  Nevertheless, has anyone gotten this to work properly?  Thank you in advance!
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by:Cláudio Rodrigues
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That is for sure the case. The Java RDP client I am 100% sure is not an official, Microsoft supported client and is probably a spin-off of RDesktop (the free, Open Source RDP Client). This means it does NOT support all RDP features what at the bottom line means things will not work as they are supposed to.
I am not sure why you decided to go that route. There are tons of very decent and robust solutions that rely on the real, fully functional Microsoft RDP client and still provide SSL encryption/tunneling for RDP.
The Cisco implementation is one of the worst pieces of crap I have seen in the TS world.

Claudio Rodrigues

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Yeah, we went with Cisco because it was already in place as our firewall and therefore easiest to implement.  You don't happen to know of a work-around or anything do you?
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Well the cisco VPN solution should allow you to establish a VPN connection but then use the real RDP client to connect to the TSs through the VPN connection.
Is not that the case?


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That's the case only if we use the "AnyConnect" feature of the VPN.  It's not the web-based client, so it can't be used in all situations.  Sounds like that's the only work-around, though.
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That is it. Unless Cisco licenses the RDP specs from Microsoft and writes a decent, fully compatible RDP client in Java, you are out of luck.

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Believe it or not, Cisco just released an upgrade to their Java client.  It now opens a native RDP session (like 3sp's VPN Explorer).  Thank you anyways for your help.
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